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'TEND' to inflammation through proper nutrition

If you’ve been paying attention to health headlines over the past few years, you probably know that inflammation has been identified as the root of evil. Or at least of most diseases.

Mindfulness in the workplace

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Mindfulness may reduce stress and anxiety, as well as provide a sense of well-being to cope with workplace challenges.

Many people rush through the day with only a vague recollection of what breakfast or lunch tasted like, and the daily commute, work projects and meetings are just a blur. The result: stress, burnout, anxiety and depression. But you don’t need to feel powerless. Practicing mindfulness can help.

“Mindfulness is about paying attention to what you are experiencing right now with genuine interest and a willingness to accept that experience,” said Kaveri S. Patel, D.O., a family medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “The health benefits are many. Studies show that mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety, and provides us with a sense of well-being and the ability to notice the joyful moments in life. It also helps us relate to each other from a kinder place, making work a more positive experience and giving us tools to better cope with challenges.”

New national guidelines target sugar as latest dietary culprit

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New federal guidelines now spotlight added sugars in their depiction of a healthful diet, cutting the recommended daily allowance by more than half. Naturally sweet foods like apples get a pass, above, while “savory” foods such as store-bought spaghetti sauce can harbor surprising quantities of refined sweeteners.

New dietary culprits pass through the American consciousness in waves, with fat giving way to carbohydrates as enemy No. 1 and sugar rising over the past few years as the latest candidate for the “big bad.”

This month, the U.S. government released significant new food guidelines on how to “align healthy eating patterns” with a new focus on sugar consumption, and newly lowered thresholds for added sugar in the diet.

Upcoming lecture, library books examine bipolar disorder


The new year is a time to set goals and get things done. For those with a depressive illness, however, simple daily activities can be a challenge.

Tips for healthful snacks

Snacks can be an important part of a nutritious and balanced diet. But you need to be thoughtful about the quality and quantity of snacks. It’s very easy to overdo it, and too many snacks can easily derail efforts to maintain a healthy weight.

What's the real skinny on fatty foods?

If you are eating low-fat, avoiding eggs and buying skinless chicken breasts to avoid the fat, then you might be surprised – and relieved – to learn that there has been a complete reversal on the recommendation to consume a diet low in fat and eggs.

In a report released this month, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee no longer recommends restricting dietary fat. And this time, most nutritionists agree.

Anxiety in children: Early warning signs and gentle fixes to help them thrive

Anxiety is normal – until it’s not. All children feel nervous about something: monsters under the bed, bad storms, giving a speech. Increasingly, though, anxiety is spiraling to debilitating, even dangerous, degrees in children and teens. And often their struggles get worse before they’re noticed and helped.

A big reason anxiety simmers under the radar is that these kids tend to get good grades and are liked by others, according to psychologist Brendan Pratt, Ph.D., of the Pratt Center in Los Altos.

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